Joggers turn out to support their favourite Cambridge Town & Gown 10K

CAMBRIDGE TOWN & GOWN 10K & 3K: This annual fixture, which helps to raise valuable funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK, attracted 17 Newmarket Joggers on Sunday, 15th October. The 10K race is always led at a fast and furious pace over a nearly flat course, with the bonus of close-up views of Midsummer Common, the River Cam, Jesus Green and the City Centre for the many participants going at a more leisurely pace.


Some of the Joggers at Cambridge T&G 10K: From left: Angela Drury, Andy Fryatt, Suzanne Bailey, Bridget Wallwin and Pearl Fay. Thanks for the team photo.


First Jogger to finish in the 10K was the up-and-coming Joey Bendall (33:54PB, 29th of 2,661 overall, 19th of 585 in M Open), followed by Chris Underwood (40:39PB, 225th, 128th M Open), Andy Fryatt (41:37PB, 268th, 27th of 258 in M50-59), Richard Jones (44:04, 386th, 10th of 111 in M60-69) and Phil Blundell (44:51, 420th, 79th of 285 in M40-49).

First female Jogger to finish was Eleanor Bithell (45:04PB, 74th F of 1,386, 21st of 343 in F40-49), who has been in great form all year. Then came Stephen Cousins (50:45, 820th, 37th in M60-69), Bridget Wallwin (53:29PB, 292nd F, 36th of 270 in F50-59), Angela Brennan (53:49PB, 313th F, 190th of 684 in F Open, Angela Drury (53:56PB, 315th F, 74th in F40-49), Suzanne Bailey (55:46PB, 395th F, 59th in F50-59), Lisa Garrand (56:35PB, 441st F, 255th in F Open) and Pearl Fay (1:09:32PB, 973rd F, 47th of 76 in F60-69). It was certainly a sunny, PB party day. In the team competition, Newmarket Joggers came 10th of 24 clubs, when adding together the three fastest times of each club, which were those by Joey Bendall, Chris Underwood and Andy Fryatt for Newmarket Joggers.


T&G Medal by Suzanne Bailey. Thanks for photo.


In the Junior 3K race, Newmarket Joggers had 4 participants: Sean Rollinson (12:11, 5th of 75 overall, 4th of 9 in M14-15) was first Jogger home, just ahead of Harvey Thomas (12:13, 6th overall, 1st of 14 in M12-13), who won his age group and is nearly unstoppable. Just one second behind Harvey came Cerys Bithell (12:14, 2nd F of 28, 1st of 1 in F14-15); great to see Cerys back in excellent form. Then came young Sophie Blundell (14:24, 8th F, 4th of 19 in F9-11), who has been improving fast this year.



GREAT EASTERN HALF MARATHON & ANNA’S HOPE 5K, Sunday 15th October at Peterborough Embankment, by the River Nene: The cool temperature, gentle breeze and bright sunshine made for ideal running conditions in this event. Andrew Taylor (20:55, 30th of 788 overall, 2nd of 19 in M50) put in a good effort in the well-supported Anna’s Hope 5K charity fun run, which opened proceedings in the morning. In the Half Marathon, Shane Mcandrew (1:35:31, 439th of 2,793 overall, 211th of 861 in M Open) was very close to his best time, gained at Cambridge last March. Then came Hannah Pollard (1:40:12, 74th F of 973, 10th of 158 in F40), beating her time last month at Bedford by over 5 minutes. Bedford was where her all-time PB of 1:34:19 was gained in 2018, before injury caused a long lay-off, so big progress is being made. Third jogger home was Marc Walker (1:54:03, 1,284th, 100th of 180 in M50), who has raced very lightly this year and will gain from the test. Chris Aylmer (2:25:42, 2,399th, 11th of 18 in M70+) was 4th Jogger to finish and enjoyed the route, which included a new loop around Peterborough Cathedral.




Above left: Hannah Pollard with Great Eastern HM medal; above right: Chris Aylmer during his run. Thanks for photos.


GREAT SOUTH RUN 10M, Portsmouth, Hampshire on Sunday 15th October: New member Rob Pollard (1:21:22, 2,956th) ran his longest ever race, enjoyed the experience and was happy with his time.


Rob Pollard after Great South Run 10M. Many thanks for photo.



ULTRA TRAIL RUNS: Several Joggers took on Ultra Marathon challenges on Saturday, October 14th. Jimmy Smith (4:33:34, 2nd of 48 overall) did very well in the Endurance Life Suffolk ~50K (officially 33.3M) Trail Ultra, with start/finish in Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. It was a very tough race over mud and sand and through water, but no big climbs. In the ~Half Marathon (officially 13.7M) race at the same venue, Rachael Maltpress (2:29:24, 102nd of 178 overall, 32nd F of 70) and Nicole Smith (2:29:28, 34th F, 5th of 15 in F50) ran together for mutual support and thoroughly enjoyed the event, despite the ankle deep mud, and water up to their knees.



Above left: Jimmy Smith during the Suffolk 33.3M (53.6km) Ultra; above right: Jimmy on the podium in 2nd overall position. Many thanks for the photos.


Above left: Rachael Maltpress & Nicole Smith after the Suffolk 13.7M (22.0km) race; above right: Ankle deep in mud but the sun is shining. Thanks for the photos.


Unbelievably, Jimmy Smith & Nicole Smith ran the very next day in the SAXON 5M race in Saxmundham, Suffolk. Jimmy Smith (29:07, 5th of 221 overall, 1st of 31 in M40) and Nicole (44:36, 27th F of 96, 5th of 16 in F50) both ran at top form and have certainly built up a mountain of stamina.



Above left: Jimmy & Nicole Smith before the Saxon 5M ; Jimmy during his race. Many thanks for the photos.


In the LADYBOWER RESERVOIR 50K TRAIL ULTRA in the Derbyshire High Peak District, Sianie Painter (9:22:06, 464th of 489 overall, 118th F of 132, 4th in F50) faced a gruelling challenge, with 3,907ft of elevation, including an enormous climb of 1000ft in the first 4K and another of 700ft at about 37K. She was pleased to make it round with a smile and managed to take lots of photos of the beautiful scenery on the way.


Above left: Sianie Painter during her 50K Ultra, passing across Ladybower Reservoir; above right: View of the reservoir from one of the high peaks. Many thanks for the photos.


Down south in Dorset, it was the MAVERICK JURASSIC COAST TRAIL 50K ULTRA, starting inland at Corfe Castle. Nathan Brown (5:51:45, 24th of 252 overall) did very well by most standards but had some problems during his run; twisting his ankle twice and falling badly on occasion.  He actually had to recover by walking 8 miles of the route, which included a huge 4,600ft of elevation. However, he refused to give up and made it to the finish in a very respectable time and position.


Nathan Brown making fun of his 50K race. Thanks for the photo


ILFORD CELEBRATION WALKS RACE, Hylands Park, Hornchurch, Essex, Saturday 14th October: Two Junior Newmarket Joggers entered this race walking event, organised by Ilford AC in the Essex Race Walking League, which included distances from 2km up to 10km. In the 2km junior event, Sophie Blundell (14:06) and Lily-Ann Cooper (14:13) both achieved excellent times, equivalent to about 35-36 minutes for a 5km race.


Above left: Lily-Ann Cooper on her 2km race walk; above right: Sophie Blundell during her 2km race walk. Many thanks for the photos.